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contour feather

noun, Ornithology
one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird, including those of the wings and tail but excluding such specialized types as downs and filoplumes.
1865-70 Unabridged
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  • They have flight feathers, which are a type of contour feather.
British Dictionary definitions for contour feather

contour feather

any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape
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